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Acer Joins Dell With Capacitive Multi-touch Monitor

Gordon Kelly


Acer Joins Dell With Capacitive Multi-touch Monitor

I thought Dell might be onto something. Just 10 days after the company accidentally leaked the first consumer focused multi-touch monitor into the world Acer has followed suit with one of its own.

The 'T230H' seems to have the edge over Dell's SX2210T with a larger 23in panel that sports the same two finger input, a Full HD 16:9 1920 x 1080 resolution and 2ms response time, but also a monstrous 80,000:1 contrast ratio. As always take this with a shovel full of salt, but it should certainly match the 1,000:1 rating Dell assigns the SX2210T.

As for connectivity you'll find HDMI and DVI with HDCP, VGA and also USB which needs to be hooked up to a computer to enable the touchscreen functionality. This will be fully compatible with Windows 7's rotate, flip, pinch to zoom, scrolling and draw gestures. Pricing isn't official, but we are hearing reports that it will be in the 349 euro (£310) range and a three year warranty is nailed down.

Interestingly, touchscreen (and even multi-touch) displays seem to be polarising opinion at present with one half greatly enthused and the other half concerned about practicalities (read: grease). I can understand this latter viewpoint, but personally I think the sooner we can all mimic Minority Report, the better...


Acer T230H Product Page

Peter 20

November 2, 2009, 6:36 pm

I will never understand what is the big appeal in the touch screen monitors. Maybe it's the sick feeling i get when i stare at a disgusting, smudgy, greasy fingerprint covered screen that makes me wonna throw-up. Or maybe it just the fact that controlling the PC with a mouse and a keyboard with my hands lying comfortably on a desk is much better than having to wave them in the air like an idiot. But hey then again it's sooooooo coooooool.


November 2, 2009, 6:49 pm

"touchscreen (and even multi-touch) displays seem to be polarising opinion at present with one half greatly enthused and the other half concerned about practicalities (read: grease)"

I'm definitely in the latter half, personally...I can't stand greasy finger marks all over my monitor. I think these will be niche products, at best...


November 2, 2009, 7:22 pm

Would I now want to spend my time cleaning grease of a screen I had spent hard earned getting -no.- Dust is bad enough!

Would I want to clean the children's finger marks off when they pay a game - no.

Would I want to try and peer through said gunk and a letter or e-mail I was (trying) to type - no.

In short I think its a great invention for PDA's /phone but not for desktops or laptops in general use... Microsoft need to check out consumer issues before raving up this 'feature'

OR, Put it this way. After reading TR I bought an HP LP2475w. Great monitor guys (thanks!) I would HATE to have to get the Cilit Bang out on this baby ;)


November 2, 2009, 11:22 pm

We've just recently got a touch screen at work for an ECG analysis machine. I was my usual derisive self however, it has turned out to be vaguely useful and modestly quicker than a mouse on occasion. If the software was finger friendly and the touch screen wasn't resistive then it'd certainly be more helpful.

I can see a future for these, although until someone put one in front of me I was firmly in the "why in the name of Gandhi?" camp.


November 3, 2009, 1:04 am

I think I'll wait until we get true Minority Report style interfaces... (waits)...

(Which reminds me, the picture link in the article is a bit messed up).


November 4, 2009, 7:44 am

This is totally pointless for someone like me. All my monitors are kept further then arms length


November 4, 2009, 7:56 am

@manoz - I suspect the point is the way we position our monitors will soon change. After all, we no longer all place our TVs in the corner of a room...

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